Dragnet: Season 4, Episode 23

The Big TV (3 Feb. 1955)

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The detectives search for a missing mother and child at the behest of her mother-in-law, unaware that the girl's husband has died in action and is not overseas as the woman had claimed.

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The detectives search for a missing mother and child at the behest of her mother-in-law, unaware that the girl's husband has died in action and is not overseas as the woman had claimed.

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Really, really depressing!
16 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I downloaded this free and legally off archive.org since the show is in the public domain. However, there is a problem--it's mislabeled "The Big Bounce"--which is a DIFFERENT episode of "Dragnet" (it's about check forgers). This one is about a missing person report.

The police receive a missing persons report from a woman about her daughter-in-law. Sergeant Friday and Officer Smith investigate and have a lot of problems finding the lady. However, as the case progresses, it becomes obvious that the mother-in-law has a horrible motive for trying to find the missing woman. I'd say more but I don't want to spoil the show.

This is an incredibly depressing episode of "Dragnet". It is well done and worth seeing--and I am NOT critical of the show at all--though I would love to have heard Friday deliver one of his brilliant and biting comments at the end. It's just that the story is quite sad and no actual crime was committed--which makes it very unique. Well worth seeing but gut-wrenching!


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